Jeff Gladney, a former NFL first-round pick, has died at age 25.
According to reports, the former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals defensive back was involved in a fatal car accident early Monday morning.
Gladney’s agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed the news to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
News of Gladney’s passing first surfaced on social media after a post on Twitter from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalon Reagor, who was a college teammate at TCU.
“Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man ain’t too much more I can take man damn,” Reagor wrote. “R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”
Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!
R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.
— Reag (@jalenreagor) May 30, 2022
“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss,” the Cardinals said in a statement.
Gladney was a first-round pick of the Vikings in the 2020 NFL Draft and started every game during his rookie campaign. Gladney signed with the Cardinals this offseason.
Our deepest condolences go out to Gladney’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.
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